Laura Masur

Ph.D. Student

  • Title Ph.D. Student
  • Office CAS 230
  • Education M.A., Anthropology, College of William and Mary, 2013,
    B.A., Anthropology and History, College of William and Mary, 2010

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Areas of Interest

Historical archaeology; environmental archaeology; zooarchaeology; GIS and landscape; immigration; religion; public and community archaeology; NAGPRA; Chesapeake and Middle Atlantic regions

Research interests

I use historical research and environmental archaeology to study relationships between landscapes and the people who dwell in them. My dissertation focuses on the development of plantations owned by the Society of Jesus in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the communities that grew around them. I seek to incorporate public outreach, education, and community collaboration in my research.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Reimagining Methods in Historical Zooarchaeology: Methods and Themes in Recent Literature.” Poster presentation. Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. January 2016. Abstract accepted.

“‘The best place to buy New England rum’: Archaeology at William Sanford’s Farmstead-Tavern in Hawley, Massachusetts.” Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Fredericksburg, VA. November 2015. Abstract accepted.

“Navigating the ‘thorny theoretical thicket’: Ethical codes and archaeological models under NAGPRA.” Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Conference, Québec City, QC, Canada. January 2014.

“How NOT to Bulldoze a Burial: Creating a geodatabase of human interments at Gloucester Point.” Archaeological Society of Virginia Annual Meeting, Wytheville, VA. October 2012.

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